To join the Language in the School Curriculum Committee, email David Robinson, Director of Membership and Meetings.


Established in 1992.



The Committee explores and pursues ways in which the linguistics community can have an effect on school instruction in language-related topics, including linguistics.



The responsibilities of the Committee include but are not limited to...


  • Setting up some apparatus to serve as an information clearinghouse for individual linguists who have been working on schooling-related projects or who want information on such projects.
  • Organizing activities (such as conferences, sessions at the Annual Meeting, courses or workshops at the Linguistic Institute) or publications (such as newsletters or reports) devoted to these questions.
  • Assembling curricular guidelines for use by curriculum commissioners, textbook publishers, and the wider educational community, and take such steps as are necessary to make these guidelines publicly available.
  • Pursuing ways to ensure that professional linguists' efforts have an effect on schooling.
  • Coordinating with the new PR Committee on efforts to educate students about the basics of linguistics.


The Committee is authorized and encouraged to collaborate with other professional societies and organizations that have an established interest in these questions, and particularly with classroom practitioners.


Membership (open)

  • At least 6 members, serving three-year terms.
  • Ideally, at least one member who is a secondary school teacher.


Committee Members

  • Anne Lobeck, Western Washington University, Chair
  • Kristin Denham, Western Washington University
  • Catherine Fountain, Appalachian State University
  • Daniel Ginsberg, American anthropological Association
  • Maya Honda, Wheelock College
  • Eden Kaiser, The MacDuffie School (Granby, MA)
  • Sharon Klein, California State University, Northridge
  • Bruce Long Peng, SUNY Oswego
  • Suzi Loosen, Milwaukee School of Languages
  • Wayne O'Neil, MIT
  • David Pippin, Friday Harbor Elementary School (Past Chair)
  • Shay Taylor, Gallaudet University
  • Nicoleta Bateman, California State University San Marcos
  • Shenika Hankerson, University of Michigan
  • Angelo Costanzo,  Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Mary Hudgens Henderson, Winona State University

Executive Committee Liaison: Brian Joseph
Staff Liaison: David Robinson


Meeting Minutes

Linguistics Outreach

Are you doing a general interest presentation? Perhaps an exhibit at a school science night? Consider using the materials from the LSA's booth at the US Science and Engineering Festival. Thanks to Dennis Preston. Walt Wolfram, and Jeff Reaser for making these materials available and to Jessi Grieser, Sarah McVeigh, and the super student volunteers who donated their time and energy to this project. For more on the festival, read this news post on the LSA site—LSA Represented at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

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